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Chevrolet Volt
Bush signs bill which grants the Volt a $7,500 tax credit

In mid-September, DailyTech brought you news that congress was working on a new round of tax credits targeted at plug-in electric/hybrid vehicles. The tax credits were projected to weigh in at $3,000 for plug-in vehicles with at least a 6 kWh battery and top out at $7,500.

Toyota, which sells its Prius featuring a 1.3 kWh battery pack, balked at the tax credits as its hybrids wouldn't even qualify for the entry-level tax credit. Toyota also was unhappy that the only vehicle in the near future likely to qualify for the maximum $7,500 tax credit is the Chevrolet Volt.

Despite its opposition, Toyota's fears became law last week when President Bush signed the legislation which passed in the House by a vote of 263 to 171 as a part of the massive $700 billion Wall Street bailout package. The entire 10-year tax package for plug-in electric/hybrid vehicles is worth $1 billion.

Requirements to qualify for the tax credit have changed slightly since its inception in the Senate. The 6 kWh battery minimum dropped down to 4 kWh, while the base tax credit rose from $3,000 to $4,168. The maximum credit remains at $7,500 for the Chevrolet Volt with its 16 kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The Chevrolet Volt gets its primary power from a 150 HP, 273 lb-ft electric motor. A 1.4 liter gasoline engine is also used to recharge the lithium-ion battery pack once the Volt's 40-mile battery range is depleted. According to GM, the Volt can save customers $1,500 per year in fuel costs based on a daily commute of 40 miles.

The $7,500 tax credit should go a long way towards making the Chevrolet Volt more affordable. Current estimates place the base price of the vehicle at $40,000 or higher.



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$40K BASE?
By Fnoob on 10/5/2008 9:55:03 PM , Rating: 2
The BASE! price of this neuvo prior gen dodge stratus looking thing is $40,000? Are they serious? Unless it comes with a $15-20K 'instant dealer rebate' in addition to the tax credit, I think they will be able to count the number sold on their senior executives fingers.

Comon Chevy get a FN clue! Who in their right mind is going to spend Corvette level money (once equipped) on something that looks to be in the same class as a Malibu? Speaking of... that's what they should have done - slap a hybrid drive system in their new Malibu and sell it for about $25K nicely equipped. The new body style looks pretty sharp, and if it had a hybrid option and a price that matched the Prius (and spanked it's ass performance wise) - they would sell like mad.




RE: $40K BASE?
By mdogs444 on 10/5/2008 9:59:01 PM , Rating: 2
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if it had a hybrid option and a price that matched the Prius (and spanked it's ass performance wise) - they would sell like mad.


Then you would be talking about a totally different automobile. The batteries are the basis of the costs. Down the road they'll get less expensive, but what do you expect for new technology.

I don't like the car, but c'mon man.


RE: $40K BASE?
By Spuke on 10/6/2008 7:00:24 PM , Rating: 2
The batteries themselves are nearly $10k and that's the supplier cost. Batteries, simply, are not cheap.


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